Army will remain deployed as long as needed: Army Chief
Published : Wednesday, 1 April, 2020 at 7:53 PM Count : 296
Army personnel will remain deployed as long as needed to fight coronavirus pandemic, Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed has said.
The army chief made the comments after attending a meeting at Commerce Ministry in Dhaka on Wednesday.
General Aziz Ahmed said, "The army is acting under the direction of the prime minister. The prime minister compared coronavirus to a war. We are soldiers; we are always ready to fight. We are ready to help everyone."
The army chief said there is no need to create unnecessary panic over coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Director of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate Lt Col Abdullah Ibn Zayed said as many as 450 army teams are working day and night in 62 districts, assisting the civil administration to make sure those who are returning from overseas are in home quarantine.
They are visiting their houses, talking to them over phone to ensure they are maintaining home quarantine.
"Our teams are going to different areas for increasing public awareness. We are educating the public about how to maintain social distancing," he added.
He also said that the armed forces have been distributing food and necessary materials such as hand sanitizers, soaps, masks and gloves among the poor in various areas.
To combat the coronavirus situation, the armed forces have taken to the field from March 24 to help the civil administration in ensuring social distancing and raise awareness. They will remain in the field until further instructions.